Following the presidential elections, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya announced the creation of a Coordination Council, whose goal is to put together a plan for overcoming the current political crisis. This council is currently acting as the main democratic structure in Belarus and, immediately after its creation, Lukashenka brought criminal charges against its members
. Of the seven members of the presidium, three have been arrested and four have left Belarus
Despite such hardships, the Coordination Council is perceived positively among supporters of the protests while, unsurprisingly, those respondents with a negative view of the protests also tend to hold a negative view of the Coordination Council.
But most importantly, many Belarusian ‘spectators’ do not understand its role or activities, and the average of the responses among the general population in the survey was that they see the council only as ‘somewhat representing all segments of society’, ‘somewhat trusted’, and its activities perceived as ‘somewhat effective’. The Coordination Council needs to exercise a greater degree of agency to better represent the interests of the majority of Belarusians.